BENTILI.- The Saharawi political prisoner “Mohammed Mansour Salama Benno” was released on 28/03/2019 after spending a month and five days in the black jail of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara.
Mohammed was arrested on 22.02.2019 after his participation in a nonviolent demonstration on Tan Tan Avenue in El Aaiun, demanding the self-determination of the Saharawi people.
The Moroccan authorities tortured him for more than 72 hours at the police station and then he was sent to the city’s black prison on Tuesday 27/02/2019. Read more
PUSL.- The Saharawi political prisoner Mbarek Daoudi was released this morning with time served after five and a half years in prison. Daoudi has had several trials without ever having been shown evidence of any crime committed.
Daoudi who was a victim of torture and has been on hunger strike several times, one of them more than 50 days.
Mbarek Daoudi’s legal process is rife with law and justice violations with several successive sentences, which did not take time into arbitrary detention.
Daoudi’s state of health has deteriorated during his time of detention because of the systematic medical malpractice to which political prisoners are subjected.
PUSL congratulates Mbarek Daoudi and his family for his liberation. Read more
We, The Heads of State and Government or representatives of the following SADC Member States:
- Republic of Angola,
- Republic of Botswana,
- Democratic Republic of Congo,
- Kingdom of Eswatini,
- Kingdom of Lesotho,
- Republic of Malawi,
- Republic of Mauritius,
- Republic of Mozambique,
- Republic of Namibia,
- Republic of Seychelles,
- Republic of South Africa,
- United Republic of Tanzania,
- Republic of Zambia, and
- Republic of Zimbabwe,
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African
PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African called today the UN to implement “without delay” the resolutions adopted in the framework of the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including those concerning the right to inalienable to the self-determination of the Saharawi people, reaffirming its support for the mediation efforts currently underway, by the personal envoy of the United Nations General Secretary, Horst Kohler, between the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front.
The speech of the South African President on the second day of the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in Pretoria, reaffirmed the aid and his country’s support to the Saharawi and to the United Nations for “the prompt implementation of the resolutions on the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including that providing for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people”. Read more
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
PUSL.- The SADC Ministers Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara will serve to remind the region that Africa will not be truly free until the last colony, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, is decolonised, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Sisulu made the remarks while welcoming guests on the first day of the two-day conference in Pretoria on Monday.
The preparatory meeting by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers and participating Ministers from other regions took place ahead of the SADC Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara by Heads of State and Government scheduled for today. Read more
PUSL.- Mr Mohamed BOURIAL has been imprisoned in Morocco since 2010 following the dismantling of the so-called Gdeim Izik camp. He was sentenced to 30 years in the absence of any evidence other than confessions extracted under torture.
Despite his requests to investigate the torture he has suffered, the Kingdom of Morocco has never conducted an impartial investigation, nor stop cruel and inhuman treatment against him. These treatments have continued after his transfer to the prison of Tiflet2 – in March 2018 – in which he is now placed in isolation, deprived of visit, in a precarious state of health and without any medical attention at all. It is in this context that he mandated through his family his Lawyer to file a communication to the UN Committee against Torture in November 2018.
In order to see the situation evolve, Mohamed has decided to start a hunger strike with the main demand for protection by the highest international authorities against any form of torture or inhuman treatment. Read more
PUSL.- Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, says the SADC summit is being held to show solidarity with the people of Western Sahara. In an interview this morning Landers reaffirms that the only solution to the conflict is the self-determination of the Saharawi people. The autonomy plan that Morocco demands is not an option, says the Minister.
Landers says the intention of the solidarity conference is to support the people of Western Sahara to achieve a sovereign and independent state. On the ongoing negotiations promoted by Horst Koehler personal envoy of UN- SG, the South African representative said that Koehler’s views have to be valued but that there are other opinions that have to be taken into account.
On Morocco’s accession to the AU, Landers says that the colonial question in Africa is clear in the constituent act and that the Western Sahara conflict has to be settled with the United Nations and the African Union. The United Nations has failed not only the Saharawi people, but Yemen, Syria and many others: “It may be time for the United Nations to take stock”, says the minister. Read more
iol.co.za / SHANNON EBRAHI* .- It seems Morocco has tried everything to deflect attention from the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Solidarity Conference with the people of Western Sahara, due to take place in Pretoria on Monday and Tuesday.
The extent to which Morocco has attempted to neutralise African efforts to find a resolution to the conflict and ensure the liberation of Africa’s last colony is a measure of its intransigence and desperation.
African heads of state and foreign ministers from across the continent, as well as some foreign dignitaries, are due to attend. This poses a threat to Morocco’s agenda – to shut down any attempt to move the peace process forward. It is opposed to the AU’s involvement. Read more
Diario La Realidad Saharaui .- While I was in the company of my nieces and nephews preparing our visit to the tomb of my mother, we rode in our cars of mine and my niece and before passing the control of the Gendarmerie of the Moroccan occupation in the occupied city of El Aaiun, they made us stop. I was ordered to get out of the car and we were retained over an hour without any explanation while the children cried and were exposed to the high tempertures inside the cars.They saw how their uncle was being held by armed individuals. The most paradoxical thing was that the gendarme of the occupation regime did not give me any explanation while I asked him again and again what the reason of my arrest.
Between the cries of anguish of the children and the desperation of my nieces, I stayed there for more than an hour trying to find out why this retention was met with silence and the refusal of the Moroccan gendarmes to give me an answer. Our visit to the grave of my recently deceased mother, instead of being a visit according to our customs and beliefs, became a nightmare and tears for children who wanted to remember their grandmother. This is no coincidence, of course it was a reprisal and a revenge for the slogans with which we said goodbye to my mother in her funeral and the Sahrawi flags with which we covered her grave. Read more
ONU – Geneva, 22 March 2019
I am happy to report to you that we have just finished the second roundtable meeting on Western Sahara.
I would like to commend all delegations for displaying their commitment and engagement in reconvening on this occasion. I would also like to thank the Swiss government for their generous support in the organization of this roundtable.
As a result of our discussions over the past two days, delegations have agreed on a joint communiqué which I will immediately read to you. But first, allow me to make a few personal remarks. Read more
Press release of the Frente POLISARIO:
[GENEVA, 22 MARCH 2019] Today the Frente POLISARIO concluded the second UN-led roundtable on Western Sahara. We participated in these talks constructively and without pre-conditions with an aim towards fulfilling our people’s inalienable right to self-determination and Independence.
It is clear that the only practicable, realistic and enduring solution is one that grants our people their right to freely and democratically decide their own fate, without preconditions. Only with the approval of the Sahrawi people can a solution be enduring and foster a genuine peace that paves the way for a free, prosperous, and democratic Western Sahara, which will contribute to regional peace, stability, security and Integration.
The Frente POLISARIO remains committed to a peaceful, genuine solution, and we welcome the steadfast efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy and urge the international community to fully support him. But we are under no Illusions about the obstacles to peace. Western Sahara remains under Morocco’s illegal, repressive occupation, which systematically violates the human rights of the Sahrawi people. This basic reality cannot be ignored; self-determination is incompatible with occupation. Read more